Study at Southern Cross University Melbourne campus

Yarra River Melbourne

Southern Cross University's Melbourne branch campus is located in the heart of the city's thriving Central Business District.

Our campus delivers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in business, administration, accounting and information technology to international students.

Group of student posing for selfie outside Flinders Street Station in Melbourne

Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria and is home to around five million people. The city is internationally known as a centre for sport, the arts, education, tourism, culture and lifestyle. Victoria welcomes more than 200,000 international students every year.

At Southern Cross University’s Melbourne campus, you'll be taught and supported by highly qualified lecturers with a work-integrated learning focus.

Our friendly student welfare support team is available for confidential advice and counselling for those students who may be struggling with the transition to a new learning and living environment.

The University's experienced academic skills adviser also provides regular academic skills workshops on topics including Australian methods of learning, enhancing critical thinking skills and answering assignment criteria using the appropriate academic language.

An active Student Representative Council (SRC) is on hand to provide students with representation in advocating positive changes within the campus.

Amenities such as the shared student lounge conveniently located next to a cosmopolitan food court, a comfortable student hub adjacent to the student services area, and a computer lab, ensure our students have ample space to relax between classes.

View a map of our Melbourne campus

Student orientation

Orientation at Southern Cross Melbourne is a time to welcome new students into our University community and welcome back returning students. It is a chance for new students to familiarise themselves with their surroundings, find out about university services, key dates and social activities, enrol in classes and understand how to maintain a Student Visa.

Orientation is compulsory for all new students and is offered in the week before classes commence.

More information on international student orientation

Facilities and learning resources

Southern Cross Melbourne provides students with modern, well-equipped teaching spaces and classrooms. Contemporary audio-visual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study.

Learning resources

All students are provided with access to a range of internet and computing services. These include:

MySCU is available to all Southern Cross University students through a password login. All new students receive user name and password when they receive their offer of enrolment. Simply select the MySCU Details tab within My Enrolment.

MySCU is a personalised web-based portal to a range of online resources:

  • The Learning Management System
  • Blackboard Learn, your online access to unit resources, communications and collaboration
  • The library and its electronic databases and catalogues
  • Student administration services including My Enrolment
  • Access to timetables for lectures and exams
  • The latest University news and events happening around the campuses and beyond


Students at the Melbourne campus have electronic access to Southern Cross University’s extensive library and are entitled to reciprocal borrowing rights with most Melbourne universities.

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Expenses and transportation

Most international students will arrive in Melbourne via Melbourne Airport at Tullamarine. There are several transport options to take you to and from the domestic and international terminals.

When you first arrive in Melbourne, a trip on the City Circle tram network can be a great way to visit different parts of the city. The service offers a free and convenient way to experience Melbourne while travelling on a heritage tram.

Melbourne's public transport network includes buses, trains and trams servicing the city and suburbs. Public Transport Victoria offers discounts on myki (myki is a ticket to travel on Melbourne's trains, trams and buses) tickets in selected zones, if the tickets bought are annual or quarterly.

Living in Melbourne

The Department of Home Affairs has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia. As of October 2019, the 12-month living costs are:

  • For students or guardians - AUD$21,041
  • For partners coming with you - AUD$7,362
  • For a child coming with you - AUD$3,152

Refer to the step-by-step Student Visa Subclass 500 application and Document Checklist Tool for details on how to provide the evidence required to cover the costs of your stay, including your travel, study and living expenses.

Additional expenses

Students may need to purchase or access prescribed textbooks. Southern Cross University recommends that students budget AUD$600 per year to cover costs for textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs. The costs of books vary depending on your program. At a minimum, it is advisable to buy the core textbooks suggested by your lecturers and reading lists.

Accommodation and entertainment

There is a lot to consider when planning accommodation in a new country. The Australian Government provides helpful tips about searching for accommodation. Also, UniStays offers services for private rental accommodation in Melbourne.


Entertainment in Melbourne caters to a wide range of budgets and tastes. One of the world's most popular cities, Melbourne has a diverse and vibrant culture, and a strong appreciation for quality and variety of life. Enjoy superb entertainment, sporting events, shopping, international cuisine, cultural events and festivals throughout the year. See Visit Victoria and City of Melbourne.

More information

For more information about studying and living in Australia, go to the Australian Government's Study in Australia website.

Contact the Mebourne campus

108 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC, 3000 Australia.

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